By T. H. Barrett
Wisdom of the historical past of faith lower than the T`ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907) has previously been restricted at most sensible. This scholarly paintings fills very important gaps often wisdom of Taoism ("China's personal larger religion"), and its roles in China's social and political lifestyles through the T'ang Dynasty interval, the golden age of chinese language background.
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7 1 Early in the following year he had a temple built for the worship of Lao-tzu and he is known to have supported a new construction project at one important provincial site as well. 72 In the main capital the resi dences of two daughters of Chung-tsung were converted to re ligious use, in one case after a son of the princess became a Taoist priest. 73 On top of all this the emperor then ordered that new and particularly sumptuous establishments should be provided for two of his own daughters, who were to be ordained Taoists nuns.
I IO I n neither case do we hear of similar measures being taken to appease the B uddhists, nor yet in the following year, when up to fifteen Taoists were ordered to be ordained for each place in the empire where a cave, palace or mountain indicated a site numinous enough to require an altar. I i I References to the copying out and distribution of ten copies of the entire Taoist canon in 749 and a further five copies in 7 5 1 similarly seems to lO8 THY50, p. 865. I09 THY50, p. 88 1. llO II I TFYK54: 1 0b.
442-3. " 1 22 TTCL C 78, p. 445; Tf17(54: 1 2b. 123 Tf17(54: 1 7b. 1 24 R. des Rotours, Traite des fonctionnaires et traite de l'annee p. 1 4. 63 T A O I S M U N D E R TH E T 'A N G there; special provisions were already made in 742 prior to its renaming, and further steps were taken in 745 , 749 , 75 1 and 754. l26 The Tai-ch'ing kung seems to have been particularly favoured also by the unseen powers supporting the Tang; appearances of Lao-tzu or other miracles are recorded as having taken place there in 745, 746 and 754, at which point the emperor ordered that these signs of special interest should be the occasion of a disbursement of gifts to the Taoist priests serving there.
Taoism Under the T'ang: Religion and Empire During a Golden Age of Chinese History by T. H. Barrett